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Forest Center, Hutcheson Memorial

Campus address:
Off-Campus (Somerset)
U.S. mailing address:
Department of Ecology, Evolution & Natural Resources, 14 College Farm Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Telephone number:
Web site address:
Dr. Steven N. Handel
Contact email address:
Purpose of center:
The Hutcheson Memorial Forest (HMF) is a unique area consisting of one of the last uncut forests in the Mid-Atlantic states, along with the surrounding lands devoted to protection of the old forest and research into ecological interactions necessary to understand the forest. The tract is administered and protected by Rutgers University. It consists of the 26 ha Mettler's Woods, the primeval, mixed oak forest, which is one of the last uncut stands of this sort of forest in the United States. It is apparently the only uncut upland forest in New Jersey, and appears on the National Park Service Register of Natural Landmarks.

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